Offense Comes From Behind To Win Scrimmage

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Jared Crank scored the scrimmage-deciding touchdown on an 8-yard run Saturday morning.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Jared Crank scored the scrimmage-deciding touchdown on an 8-yard run Saturday morning.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 10, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The offense used a strong second half - sparked by a brief but dogmatic halftime speech by head coach Danny Hope - to come from behind and defeat the defense 36-32 in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The scrimmage, which consisted of 100-plus plays and lasted an hour and 40 minutes, came down the last play, with fullback Jared Crank scoring on an 8-yard run.

The defense dominated early, holding the offense without a touchdown for 55 minutes. On the day, the defense had six takeaways - four interceptions and two fumbles.

Defensive tackle Kawann Short had the niftiest, a one-handed interception of a Caleb TerBush pass that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown.

On takeaways, Hope usually stops the play once it occurs to avoid the quarterback from being compelled to try to make a tackle and chalks up three points to the defense. But no one could have tracked down Short, who waltzed into the end zone and celebrated, and was awarded six points.

"Three points for the interception and three for the dance," Hope said.

Linebacker Chris Carlino, cornerback Mike Eargle and safety Logan Link also had interceptions, while linebacker Dwayne Beckford and end Adam Brockman recovered fumbles.

"Too many turnovers by the offense," Hope said. "But if our defense has six takeaways, we're going to win a lot of games."

 

 

Here were the quarterbacks' stats for the day:

Robert Marve: 16-24, 167 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Caleb TerBush: 14-21, 112 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rob Henry: 14-22, 138 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT

"The defense dominated the first half, and I challenged the offense to make something happen in the second half," Hope said. "I like the way they responded. They made some plays and won the scrimmage.

"We got a lot of reps, which is what we needed, and there was a lot of spirit out there. But we have a lot of work to do. We're not nearly a finished product."

Xavier Reese was the leading receiver, with six catches for 54 yards. Cortez Smith had four receptions for 69 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown from Marve.

Crank finished with 45 yards rushing on six carries to go with three receptions for 33 yards, including a 24-yard score from Marve. Al-Terek McBurse had 42 yards on 16 carries, while Keith Carlos added 23 yards on eight rushes.

The other two offensive touchdowns came on a 13-yard pass from TerBush to T.J. Barbarette and a 3-yard run by George Brigandi.

Linebacker Joe Holland topped the defense with eight tackles, while Beckford, Eargle and cornerback Josh Johnson had seven stops apiece. Johnson recorded three pass breakups, as well. The defense was credited with five sacks.

Purdue returns to practice Monday, leading up to next Saturday's Black & Gold Game .